HL Deb 21 June 1808 vol 11 c958

On the first reading of the Curates Residence bill,

The Earl of Lauderdale

rose and said, that he was determined to oppose the bill in all its stages. It was a bill which went to give the bishops an increase of discretionary power, which power they were known already to have abused; so that the present bill would only tend to enable them to extend that abuse in proportion as their power was extended.

The Bishop of London moved that the bill be printed. In a day or two, he should propose a day for the second reading of the bill. He should, at present, offer no observations upon what had just fallen from a noble earl, as abundant opportunities would occur of arguing the merits of the bill in its future stages.